Regional airline LIAT has strongly refuted a recent claim made by a passenger onboard a St Vincent flight that one of its pilots was operating under the influence of alcohol.
Prior to departure from the Grantley Adams International Airport last Tuesday, the passenger reported smelling alcohol on the pilot in question.
However, in a statement issued today on the incident, the Antigua-based carrier strongly refuted the allegation, saying its record of safety and training was of the highest standard.
The company also pointed out that shortly after the allegation was made, the pilot, whose name has not been released, voluntarily submitted to independent testing by medical professionals in
“As expected, all results were negative,” the LIAT statement said.
However, Tuesday’s incident forced the cancellation of the St Vincent flight as some passengers and staff were required to submit formal reports to the relevant authorities.
“LIAT sincerely regrets the disruption of its flight and wishes to assure its passengers that the company, its staff and its crew will continue to operate and
serve the travelling public,” the company’s statement added.